07/12/2013

Not-So-Sweet Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners

8:27 minutes

People are turning to artificial sweeteners as a lower-calorie alternative to sugar. Writing in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, researcher Susan Swithers argues that artificial sweeteners may negatively affect our metabolism and brain—and even lead to weight gain.

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Susan Swithers

Susan Swithers is a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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